11:36 PM EDT, Thu March 26, 2015

Tuesday (Twins piecing it together in CF again) edition: Wha' Happened?

Denard Span started 122 games in center field for the Twins in 2012, while Ben Revere started 34 more. Both players were young, productive and reasonably inexpensive. But that meant both were trade chips, and the Twins — who were going nowhere with or without Span and Revere — cashed them in during two separate deals for pitching prospects Alex Meyer and Trevor May (along with Vance Worley, who flopped here but had a 2.85 ERA in 110 innings with the Pirates last year). Meyer and May could soon be long-term parts of the pitching rotation, and if they work out the trades will have been...
Washington Post Mar 11, 2015

Nationals’ outfield options with Denard Span and Jayson Werth injured

There’s a good chance Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth and center fielder Denard Span will not be ready for opening day (April 6). Werth had right shoulder surgery in January, and Span had surgery on his right core muscle Monday. So Washington’s outfield depth will be tested early. Here’s a look at four possible replacements and their big league experience.Read full article >>

VIDEO: Mark on Span’s injury

Denard Span’s surgery this week came as a surprise to many, as it will likely keep him out for the rest of spring training. The Nationals may have to begin the 2015 season without their leadoff hitter, who has been so good at setting the table over the last two seasons. Mark called in to…
Washington Post Mar 10, 2015

Nats Journal: The impact of Denard Span’s injury

There’s no sugar coating the loss of Denard Span for, optimistically, the next month or so. He is an important piece of the Nationals. He was among the most valuable outfielders in baseball last season, posting a 3.6 fWAR, seventh best in the majors. Span’s strong 2014 hitting atop the Nationals’ lineup made their offense better and his glove held the outfield defense together. And what makes Span’s surgery sting more is that the Nationals’ outfield depth is already somewhat depleted.Read full article >>

On Span’s surgery, the Nats outfield and what happens now

Several random, yet somewhat connected, thoughts that have come to mind in the 24 hours since we learned Denard Span had surgery to repair a core muscle injury… We don’t know how long it will take Span to fully recover from the surgery, or whether this will become a lingering problem all season. While the…
CSN Washington Mar 10, 2015

Next-day thoughts on Span's latest surgery

Denard Span's latest surgery opens up plenty of questions for the Nationals moving forward. We look at several pressing issues.
Washington Post Mar 9, 2015

Nationals to be without center fielder Denard Span for several weeks

VIERA, Fla. —Nationals center fielder Denard Span underwent surgery Monday to repair what the team called a “right core muscle injury,” and he will likely miss several weeks of the regular season. It was the second surgery in three months for the team’s leadoff man, who led the National League with 184 hits last season. Span had sports hernia surgery on his left side in December, and he said in a text message Monday that there was a likelihood his recovery from the hernia surgery played a role in his new injury.Read full article >>
Washington Post Mar 9, 2015

Nats Journal: Denard Span undergoes surgery on ‘right core muscle’

VIERA, Fla. — On an otherwise quiet Monday morning, in the midst of what had otherwise been a quiet spring training, the Nationals announced that centerfielder Denard Span underwent surgery to repair what the team called a “right core muscle injury.” That procedure is Span’s second surgery of the offseason. He had surgery to repair a sports hernia in December.Read full article >>
CSN Washington Mar 9, 2015

Nationals announce Span had another surgery

Nats announce OF Denard Span had surgery this morning to repair a right core muscle injury. This after sports hernia surgery in December.
Washington Post Feb 28, 2015

Nats Journal: Is the Nationals’ lineup too right-handed?

One of the biggest effects of allowing Adam LaRoche to leave via free agency and giving first base to Ryan Zimmerman is the impact on the lineup. The Nationals ranked 10th in the majors last season in OPS (.709) against right-handed pitching and seventh with a .738 OPS against left-handed pitching. But now, Denard Span and Bryce Harper will be the lone left-handers in the everyday lineup, with Harper as the lone southpaw power threat.Read full article >>
CSN Washington Feb 27, 2015

Nats sing Happy Birthday to Denard Span, with bonus Danny Espinosa videobomb

Denard Span turned 31 on Friday, and his Nationals teammates sang the classic Happy Birthday song in his honor. Watch the video here, with a bonus appearance of Danny Espinosa's mustache towards the end.

Denard Span Photos

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